New scam strikes disguised as Dish customer service

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Another scam is targeting people’s money— this time using a Dish Network customer service phone number.

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office was informed of the scam after a resident received a call from someone they thought was with Dish Network. A supposed Dish employee called to ask for the model number and receiver number for the satellite unit, and said the person would receive a lifetime discount.

The caller then proceeded to ask for a debit card number saying they would need to make a charge of $150 dollars that would be refunded in the next six months.

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office recommends in a case like this to call the television service back and verify the call, otherwise do not answer the phone if you don’t recognize the number.

“If it’s not a number that you don’t recognize then don’t answer the phone. You have voicemail on your phone, let it go to voicemail. If it’s something legit or important they’ll leave their name, and number and you can call them back. But if it’s not from a number that you immediately recognize, simply do not answer the phone,” says Sgt. Tim Williams.

Scammers are becoming more tech savvy by using “spoofers” to replicate numbers. Sergeant Williams say these are nearly impossible to track and charge with a crime.

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